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Virus adéno-associé (VAA) dans le sperme et le testicule: Un rôle dans l’infertilité? Mise au point

Adeno-associated virus (AAV) in semen and testis: a role in infertility? An overview

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Au cours de la dernière décade, l’infection du tractus génital féminin par les virus adéno-associés (VAA) ubiquitaires a été rapportée par de nombreux auteurs. Bien que l’on pense que le virus est non pathogène, il existe des suggestions d’une association du VAA avec les fausses-couches et d’autres problèmes survenant au décours de la grossesse.

Plus récemment, on a découvert qu’il existait aussi une infection plutôt fréquente des tissus génitaux masculins, ce qui constitue un argument en faveur de l’hypothèse selon laquelle ce virus pourrait être sexuellement transmis et pourrait jouer un rôle dans l’infertillité.

Abstract

In the past decade, infection of the female genital tract with the ubiquitous adeno-associated viruses (AAV) has been reported by a number of authors. Though the virus is thought to be non-pathogenic, there were hints on an association of AAV with miscarriage and problems in pregnancy. In more recent years it has been discovered that there is also a rather frequent infection of male genital tissues supporting the hypothesis that this virus may be sexually transmitted and may play a role in infertility.

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Schlehofer, J.R. Virus adéno-associé (VAA) dans le sperme et le testicule: Un rôle dans l’infertilité? Mise au point. Androl. 14, 320–323 (2004). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03034920

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Mots clés

  • virus adéno-associés
  • sperme
  • testicule
  • infécondité

Key words

  • adeno-associated virus
  • semen
  • testis
  • infertility